Torkwase Dyson (AO) | Wednesday, November 7


Event Details

    • 1:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Guests welcome throughout the afternoon
    • Performances with guest collaborators start at 1:30 p.m.
    • Open conversation with the artist at 4 p.m.
    • William D. Adams Gallery
    • Colby College Museum of Art


The Lunder Institute for American Art is pleased to host (AO), a series of performances by visiting artist Torkwase Dyson and invited collaborators that explore the ways in which forms of visual art, literature, and science respond to distance and distortion.The afternoon will unfold through embodied experiences in and around Dyson’s exhibition Nautical Dusk, curated by Diana Tuite and inspired by archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c. 1833–1904). Born into slavery on a Virginia plantation, Osborne migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as a Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. In the works she produced for Nautical Dusk, Dyson combines simple geometric forms infused with metaphorical associations found in obituaries of Osborne written by unnamed white authors.The afternoon culminates with a performance featuring collaborators including artist Zachary Fabri, visually scored by Andres L Hernandez; Dyson, Fabri, and Hernandez comprise the performance collective F/H/D.

Following the performance, Dyson will reflect on Nautical Dusk in an open conversation with the audience.Adaptive optics (AO) is a technology used to improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effect of incoming wavefront distortions by deforming a mirror in order to compensate for the distortion.

Theaster Gates on Land | Thursday, November 15

The Lunder Institute for American Art is pleased to host an evening with inaugural distinguished artist Theaster Gates. Sharing his ongoing artistic endeavors on questions of land ownership, displacement, and miscegenation, Gates will reflect on how his practice has explored aspects of Maine’s history.

Courtesy of Theaster Gates Studio

A conversation between Gates and Maine-based artists Daniel Minter and Myron Beasley will follow the talk, facilitated by Lee Glazer, director of the Lunder Institute.

5 p.m. reception on the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court, Colby Museum of Art

6 p.m. lecture in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

This event is free and open to all, but seating for the lecture is limited, so please RSVP here.